“Don’t you wish to have a Reese’s Peanut Butter Cup here and there?” No. I don’t. Your thoughts on how good a Peanut Butter Cup isn’t going to make me consider risking my life for trying one. Why would that be a good idea?
I’ve been allergic to peanuts and other nuts since I was less than one year old. Has it gotten better or improved? Can I try certain nuts now since I’ve gotten older? Absolutely not. In fact, it may have gotten worse. I’ve run into accidentally eating peanuts here and there while growing up, and the side effects as a result are terrible. Your face swells up like a balloon, it gets tough to breathe, and you end up vomiting, either at the beginning of the reaction or towards the end. One time I was in a grocery store eating samples like any other customer that was there, and ended up finding a nut in a product that said it may have contained nuts. It got so bad and I had such a hard time breathing that I ended up being rushed to the E.R by my parents and the doctors shot me up with Epinephrine. Another time I was at a friend’s house and ate something that had nuts in it. I had trouble breathing but decided it was a good idea to just sleep. Bad idea.
So what do I think about the price hike with the Mylan EpiPen injectors in the last year? I think it’s pretty ridiculous but there’s cheaper, generic alternatives out there that you can purchase. For the EpiPen injector price hike though, from increasing the price from $100 to $600 in the span of seven years is mind blowing to say the least. Do they know how many people have nut allergies and need that in dire situations? I believe that as a result with the big brand product increasing their prices for their product, many current EpiPen users will either be in the situation where they’ll take the risk and live without it, use expired ones if they have to renew it, or be forced to pay the increased price. Also, a lot of people don’t know that there are generic versions of the injector too. You just have to go to the pharmacist and ask for/if they have the generic Epinephrine injector. It’s around a sixth of the price of the Mylan Epipen.
So what have I done to be safe around any kinds of nuts? It’s a simple and easy answer: I try my best to avoid it. Is it tough though? Definitely. So many different things are cooked or have some sort of nut in it, and sometimes it’s difficult to decipher if something has nuts. Also, living with a partner who consistently eats peanut butter is tough. There have been horror stories where somebody with nut allergies has gotten an allergic reaction from kissing their partner who recently consumed some sort of nut. In some situations where has occurred, the person who got a reaction died. Those stories are usually what are on my mind when I’m in situations like that where my partner had just consumed peanuts. That being said, being careful is key to avoiding hurting yourself and others.